Celebrity photographer, Kerry Beyer, has been published in VOGUE, LUCKY, ALLURE, The NEW YORK TIMES, VINTAGE GUITAR, FRETBOARD JOURNAL, TONE QUEST and more!

Kerry recently directed Academy Award® Nominee Eric Roberts in the action/thriller "Rogue Strike", is a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, and has starred on ABC, CBS, VH1, the WB and more...

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Monday, April 30, 2012

2ND RUNNER UP & PHOTOGENIC AWARD WINNER!

Congrats to my client Christina Cook, who took home several awards at the 2012 Miss Texas International pageant!  Among her honors were:

2nd Runner Up
Fitness Award Winner
Interview Award Winner
Photogenic Award Winner


I'm so excited to have been a part of her team, along with the fabulous Sheila Ybarra of MakeupBySheila.com!
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SITE REDESIGN 5/1/2012

I'm doing an overhaul of the site, trying to make it easier to get to the specific type of content you are looking for (since I have so many areas ranging from photography, film and music).

I appreciate your patience while I work on this.

I'm also traveling quite a bit, working on a feature film, and taking care of my usual photography clients, so keep that in mind when trying to get in touch.

I'll also be making an appearance at Texas Frightmare Weekend to promote Spirit Camp and my upcoming feature Deep Terror... if you are in Dallas for the event, drop by and say hello.
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Sunday, April 29, 2012

MISS TEXAS INTERNATIONAL: SAVANNAH SOWELL

Congrats to my client Savannah Sowell, winning Miss Texas International 2012! So excited to be a part of this winning team along with the fabulous Sheila Ybarra of MakeupBySheila.com and pageant coach Valerie Hayes! Woohoo!
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

DEEP TERROR: OPENING TITLES

Working on the opening titles for Deep Terror... here's a screen grab.
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Friday, April 27, 2012

7 SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING TIPS FOR ACTORS

Are you getting cast as much as you'd like? ...well, we both know the answer to that - you wouldn't be reading this article other wise. Here's 7 social media marketing tips to help you book more acting work - you're ready for your closeup, aren't you?

As CEO of You Inc., it's your job to make sure your marketing department is up to snuff. (And by marketing department, I mean you.)

1. Get social media accounts with all the popular platforms - Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. I know this sounds remedial, but you'd be surprised at the number of actors I meet who don't have a Facebook or Twitter. I know, it can get stupid and annoying sifting through an unfiltered stream of moronic consciousness, but social media is what you make it, which brings me to the next tip...

2. Treat social media professionally.  Sure, some people make desperate grabs for attention, air their dirty laundry, whine about their problems, post while intoxicated, or describe bodily functions in detail - but unless being a jackass is your "schtick," keep your posts on point, informational and positive.

3. Don't talk about religion or politics. Seriously. No matter what you say, half of the people will think you are wrong. Why cut off half of your market?

4. Pick a great, close cropped image of YOU as your profile picture. Don't change it too frequently, and if you do, make sure you remain recognizable to your followers. Brand recognition is important, and you are a brand. There's nothing worse than people who use a random image as their profile pic (or worse, a picture of someone else [or even worse still, a fantasy art fairy]). Sure, your close friends know who you are, but the casting director you met once is going to have no clue.

5. Start a blog. Post, tweet, blog something every day. Yes. Everyday. Keep it relevant, on point, and educational if you can. Can't think of anything to say? Newsjack... Newsjacking is taking a current headline and interjecting yourself into the conversation.

6. Be supportive of other actors, directors, projects. People will return the favor, and nobody likes self obsessed narcissists.

7. Keyword optimize your titles and content. Think like a search engine. Better yet, think like the people using search engines. You can have the best content in the world, but if no one finds it, it's not going to do you any good.

So, how is all of this going to get you an acting job?

It's going to help you build a following, network with peers, and establish yourself as an expert. Producers like actors that have a following. Followers buy DVDs. I'd love to cast an actress with a million twitter followers. If you have a million followers, contact me... I'm sure I can find at least a cameo for you.

People often ask, what's the ROI (return on investment) of social media?  You can't put a price on it. It's not going to happen overnight. This is a long-tail strategy... but well worth it.



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Thursday, April 26, 2012

SUBTITLES FINAL CUT PRO

















I just finished subtitling the opening scene to Deep Terror using Final Cut. The entire scene was shot in Russian, and this was the first time I used final cut for subtitling. After FX is usually my choice for text and motion graphics, but titling directly is simpler.

We shot on Sunday, and 4 days later, picture is essentially locked, complete with sound design scoring and FX for the opening scene.

Now I'm on to opening title design....
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

SCORING & SOUND DESIGN FOR FILM

We shot an awesome opening scene for Deep Terror on sunday, and I edited the rough cut monday - looks amazing. I've started to score the scene in Logic 9, and I'm really pleased with the direction it's going.

Sound is 50% of picture...  and the perfect score completes the experience.

Sure, there is stock music that you can buy, but I've found that everyone is using the same music... I love the Video Copilot stuff, but I hear it over and over again. (And THANK YOU Andrew Kramer for those tutorials).

When I'm composing a soundtrack, I tend to go for the classic orchestral scores with Timpani drums, Full Horn Sections, Strings, etc... and then it's always nice to blend modern electronic elements as well. Marco Beltrami, Jerry Goldsmith, and even Marilyn Manson are some of my all time favorites...

Gotta love the original Resident Evil score...

What are some of your favorites?




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Monday, April 23, 2012

DEEP TERROR: UPDATE

Awsome shoot yesterday with Deke Anderson and Julitta Pourciau! We filmed the opening scene of the movie entirely in Russian. So great to work with a pro like Deke as the Russian submarine captain. Deke commanded the screen like a true movie star with a riveting, nuanced performance.

You may recognize Deke from Green Lantern, Army of Darkness, one of the voices in Halo Legends, or as one of Houston's beloved acting coaches at his Next Level Acting Studio.

Julitta was great as the X.O., going head to head with the maniacal Captain.  The US NAVY recently allowed women to serve on submarines, and the decision has proved to be highly controversial.  I'm not sure if the Russian Navy allows women to serve on submarines, but I thought I'd take some creative license and cast a woman as the Russian Executive Officer. The onscreen tension between the two is palpable, as the submarine is in a dire situation.

Many thanks to Deke and Julitta, along with John Lansch and Kelly Burns behind the scenes to make yet another outstanding segment to this film!
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

UPDATE 4/21/2012

This past week has been crazy busy... finishing taxes, building sets, costume designing, and taking fabulous photos, as usual ;)

I'm charging batteries and prepping gear for tomorrows shoot - we'll be filming the opening scene of my action/thriller DEEP TERROR!

Stay tuned for pics and hopefully I'll have a teaser trailer soon!
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FILM CREW NEEDED

My friend Ronn Head is crewing up for a Reality TV series to be shot in the Houston area next week... check out this link for details and contact him if interested. http://www.splatterfest.com/2012/04/paid-crew-positions-available-houston.html

Positions are paid.
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Thursday, April 19, 2012

MORE RUSSIAN SUBMARINE COSTUMES

Worked on more costumes for my action/thriller DEEP TERROR... Here's a progression of images, taking a standard Popper tactical shirt, and turning it into a Russian Navy Submarine Officer's uniform.




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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

RUSSIAN NAVY COSTUME

Using Sean Connery as a starting point, this is about as close as I can get to a Russian submarine captain's uniform. Who know's how accurate the Hunt for Red October was, but I'm not striving for totally accuracy. I definitely took some creative license with the Russian uniforms... but that's what filmmaking is all about.

We are on pace to shoot a great scene this weekend for Deep Terror... I just have one more uniform to make. John Lansch, Kelly Burns and I spent last week painting and building the new set.

Each scene and set seems to surpass the previous... so excited about this project and growing as a filmmaker. Thanks for the support!
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

HOLOGRAMS TO REVOLUTIONIZE CONCERT PERFORMACES


Tupac Shakur was digitally resurrected at Coachella to reunite with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg in the form of an amazingly lifelike hologram.

Completely created digitally by FX powerhouse Digital Domain, this could revolutionize modern stadium performances. Imagine virtual concerts with long past iconic stars.

Missed Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock? Maybe someday you'll be able to see him live... virtually, that is.
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UPDATE 4/17/12

Finally finished all the year end accounting... built a new set for DEEP TERROR... now I'm off wardrobe shopping. Hoping to knock out the opening scene this weekend. Stay tuned.
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Monday, April 16, 2012

SOUNDGARDEN: LIVE TO RISE FREE ON ITUNES

Soundgarden's new single Live to Rise from the Avengers soundtrack is FREE for a limited time on iTunes.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-to-rise/id516435279?i=516435280&uo=4
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SOUNDGARDEN: BLACK RAIN


I miss rock'n roll... here's Soundgarden in their first live performance of Black Rain.
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Friday, April 13, 2012

MORE MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY


Here's a few more music pics... I plan on getting back in the studio a recording a couple tracks next week.
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

MUSIC PROMO PHOTOGRAPHY


I needed a few promo shots for my music, so makeup artist Wendy Martin and I grabbed my iPhone and snapped a few pics in between clients...


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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

PIC OF THE DAY

Just snapped another pic of my Les Paul standard... love the way the flame maple photographs. This guitar has been featured in Vintage Guitar magazine...
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

CHERRY BOMB: DVD

If you don't already know, I'm co-founder of the horror film festival and short film competition SPLATTERFEST. Last year we gave away a Canon t3i as a grand prize. Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice, Army of Darkness, Evil Dead) and Michael Biehn (Aliens, Terminator, The Abyss) were special guests.

We also had several World Premiere feature films screening during the festival. I'm excited to announce that one of our films, CHERRY BOMB was picked up for distribution, and is now available on DVD at Walmart. Here's the link to purchase http://www.walmart.com/ip/20669392

The film stars Julin Jean, who is also the star of my film Spirit Camp!

Congrats to the Cherry Bomb team!
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GIBSON vs. FENDER vs. INSTAGRAM vs. FACEBOOK

Here's an Instagram shot I just took that I call Sibling Rivalry. I love them both, in different ways. Nothing beats the clean chime of a Fender Stratocaster... or the growl of a Les Paul Standard through a Marshall plexi.

And speaking of Instagram, Facebook just bought them... good thing? Bad thing? leave your comments....
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Monday, April 9, 2012

SPRING FLOWERS: IPHONEOGRAPHY

It's spring, and everywhere you look the flowers are in bloom. The iPhone has quickly become one of my favorite imaging tools... the plethora of apps and filters makes it a really fun and creative photography tool. I can't wait until it becomes more advance with a faster shutter and more pro features.

Enjoy these pictures of flowers a took while eating lunch at an outdoor cafe over Easter weekend.


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Saturday, April 7, 2012

WINNER: MISS HOUSTON USA

Congrats to my client Peyton Saverance who just won the overall MISS HOUSTON USA! Last night she won miss photogenic. I'm so excited to have been a part of her team along with the fabulous Sheila Ybarra of Makeupbysheila.com!!!
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Friday, April 6, 2012

PHOTOGENIC WINNER: MISS HOUSTON USA

Congrats to Payton Saverance who just won Miss Photogenic at Miss Houston! Always a pleasure to shoot with Peyton and the uber talented Sheila Ybarra of MakeupBySheila.com!


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APOGEE DUET 2

So I just ditched my MOTU Ultralite MK3 in favor of an Apogee Duet 2... I just installed the drivers and setup was a snap.  I already prefer the simplicity and integration over the MOTU.

I was have some clipping issues with the MOTU when record enabling a track in Logic 9. So far, the APOGEE is recording to the track exactly what I put in. Soft limiting sounds good... and now my compressor/limiter in Logic actually works properly.

It's quite possible that I made some boneheaded error with the MOTU, but even with a factory reset (which helped) it did not eliminate record enabled clipping.

I'll do a full review after I record a song with this new setup... but as of now I'm digging it. ...and the new Variax... totally awesome for digital recording.
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Thursday, April 5, 2012

DENISE WILLIAMSON STARS IN "EXISTS"

Congrats to Denise Williamson, (star of my film Spirit Camp, and headshot client), who just got cast in the new film EXISTS from The Blair Witch director Eduardo Sanchez.

Production begins next week in Elgin, Tx. Check out the article in Variety.

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PAGE PARKES TO STAR IN "SCOUTED"


Houston's own Page Parkes will star in the new reality series SCOUTED, on E entertainment television. Plucking models from obscurity and launching them to international supermodel stardom has been Page's business for over 30 years.

Page was my first agent, and modeling was certainly a great experience for me. Congrats Page, and continued success to you.

Series premiere this Monday night at 9 on E.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

GUITAR LESSON FROM JOE SATRIANI


Joe Satriani gives 10 awesome tips on how to improve your guitar playing. This is really great... I wish I would have had these tips when I first started playing.
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STUDIO UPDATE 4/4/12

It's 2:30am... I've been catching up on fiscal year accounting for the last 4 days. I feel like a zombie, crunching numbers and itemizing. There is only so much a man can take... thankfully, I have my guitar.

Plugged in for a little late night jam, and recorded a song that had been floating around in my head for a while. Looking forward to mixing and putting out another single... stay tuned.
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Monday, April 2, 2012

JULIN GETS HER CAR BACK

A few days ago, I was on FOX helping bring attention to Julin's carjacking. (If you don't know, Julin starred in my horror film SPIRIT CAMP). Well, she experience a horror story of her own when a masked man jammed a gun in her face and took her car.

Today she got it back... minus a few items. ABC covered the car's return. Check it out.
http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=8605281
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FORT BEND STAR GIVES MY NEW FILM PRESS

Check out this mention of my new action/thriller DEEP TERROR in the Fort Bend Star. Thanks to Nick Nicholson.
http://www.fortbendstar.com/2012/03/29/nicks-picks-032812/
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SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW: GOTYE


Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye.  #2 on YouTube with almost 140 million views.
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Sunday, April 1, 2012

TOTAL RECALL TRAILER

The new Total Recall trailer just dropped today... this looks pretty awesome. Starring Collin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel...  Check it out.
http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/sony_pictures/totalrecall/
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JEFF BUCKLEY: LAST GOODBYE


I'm always shocked when I run into someone who's never heard Jeff Buckley's music. Perhaps best known for his cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, Buckley's career was cut short when he died in 1997.

His album Grace belongs on the list of all time greats. Give it a listen when you get a chance.
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